Life in and Along the River

© Photographed June 4, 2017
Fifield, Price County, Wisconsin
45.879444, -90.416917
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Life in and Along [sic] the River
Like a good Wisconsin cheese, a riparian buffer only get better with age. As the buffer in Movrich Park grows and matures, you may see more native wildlife enjoying all that it [sic] has to offer. 
Riparian buffers provide Wisconsin's favorite fish with good quality habitat. Clean water, hiding places, and good are just a few of the benefits that a buffer supplies to our most sensitive fish, like the muskellunge and the sturgeon. 
Look up! The buffer helps wildlife in the air [sic] too. Birds and bats alike love the abundance of insects found in riparian buffers. As the buffer matures, a symphony of birds will grow stronger. Bats swooping down for insects will provide the after-dark entertainment. 
If you see this creature cruising around Movrich Park, look to the buffer for thanks! Heavy bank erosion threatens the wood turtle in Wisconsin. A healthy riparian buffer will help to control erosion. If you are lucky enough to see a wood turtle, be sure to leave it be, as taking wood turtles for pets threatens them as well. 
Can you spot any of these creepy crawlers? If you can, then the buffer is doing its job! The insects shown here all require clean water that is full of oxygen, which is best acquired from a healthy [sic] vegetated buffer. In turn, these insects are important food sources for critters that are higher [sic] in the food chain.
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The marker is located at Movrich Park, a small community park on the west bank of the Flambeau River, and is accessible from northbound Willow Avenue, just south of its intersection with Oak Street / Wisconsin Highway 70, at or near 14037 Willow Avenue, Fifield, Wisconsin 54524.

Wikipedia: Riparian Buffer
A riparian buffer is a vegetated area (a "buffer strip") near a stream, usually forested, which helps shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. It plays a key role in increasing water quality in associated streams, rivers, and lakes, thus providing environmental benefits. With the decline of many aquatic ecosystems due to agriculture, riparian buffers have become a very common conservation practice aimed at increasing water quality and reducing pollution.
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The Science Behind the Need for Reparian Buffer Protection

These markers are also at this location:

With the Flambeau River visible in the distance to the right.

The marker is on the right.

Scenes from the west bank of the Flambeau River . . .

The marker is located in Fifield, Wisconsin.

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